Sunday, August 18, 2019

Bright Spot

MUNKÁCSY, Mihály Hungarian Realist (1844-1900)_Woman Arranging Flowers between 1881 and 1882

The Rose of All Roses (by Wilhelm Menzler


Occasionally I see a beautiful floral arrangement in a pedestal bowl of crystal or silver, or milk glass, and wonder how I could have one without spending too much, and perhaps give it away or use it as a centerpiece for one of the Ladies Bible Classes.  Our ladies all have lovely flower gardens from their country estates, and so we have fresh flowers at the table, but I thought it would be fun to make one of these pedestal bowls and an arrangement.

These two plastic bowls are from the wedding section of Dollar Tree.  I like the lightweight aspect and also that they are disposable so I haven't made anything permanent and I can recycle the project. 

I used the white Rustoleum spray paint with primer that sticks to plastic, and hot glued the two bowls together, using the smaller one to make a pedestal. 

The florals and styrofoam are also from Dollar Tree for approximately $2.00

On Pinterest, type in "Floral Arrangements in Pedestal Bowls" or "Floral Arrangements in bowls" and see what you get.

Now there is a bright spot on a table that, before, made me yawn every time I walked past it ;-)

I tied a strip of metallic ribbon around the neck of it; also from Dollar Tree.

Although I appreciate seasonal colors, I always try to incorporate the colors in the room, so the bouquet is part of the decor. I like those pale peach mums (chrysanthemums) from Dollar Tree. Each floral bunch usually has 6 blossoms.

Friday, August 16, 2019

A Little Recreation for the Home

As the evenings are still very light here, all I need sometimes is a led-lite to brighten a hall, corner or a little bathroom.

 I often see this candle on Victorian Trading Co. (candle not included)
which was recently reduced
 in price from $30 to about $15,
but postage would be added, which would make the expense higher.

I  decided to try my hand at creating a similar one, and although it isn't the same (I'd like to see the original), I'm happy with the results.
The glass vase and the candle holder, above, are from Dollar Tree, for a total of $2.00

I also got the led-lite pillar candle for a dollar, and the rest is made from things around my craft room: white paint, lace cut from a worn out old skirt, glued on with decoupage glue (also from Dollar Tree which I had on hand from a previous project) and gorilla glue to attach the vase to the stem. I would not recommend gorilla glue--use some E-6000 or hot glue instead, if you attempt this. Gorilla glue leaves industrial style thick dried yellow residue on it. 

I did not know it was possible to paint those clear glass candle holders white to make it look like milk glass, until I tried it today.  I used Rustoleum white gloss with primer. You can get this at Hobby Lobby or your local farm hardware store. Use flat paint  if you want more of a chalk paint look. I like the shiny look because it has the appearance of milk glass, which is rare to find.

One day every couple of weeks I try to do something creative. Last week it was the old truck and today the candle was all I could manage.  I like the way it looks in front of the dining window and it makes me feel like I got something high-end. 

I would estimate the cost to be approximately $3.50 if you want to include the minutest amount of glue, paint and old lace.

I like the way it looks in the dining window as the evening approaches.
The led-lite pillar just happens to give off a pink glow which goes quite nicely with the mauve curtain and other things around here.

 That is one of my MIL's doilies her sister made for her. I figure it is better to use them rather than keeping them in a box.

It is best to use led lite candles in these types of containers, because they are difficult to clean when you get wax in them.

  I notice the original from Victorian Trading has a taller candle pedestal, which you might find at Goodwill. Dollar Tree only has these short ones.

Here is  similar one made with a small crackled-look  jar from Dollar Tree glued to the candle holder, which makes an elegant pedestal candle light:

Please tell me how you like this one.
 Mirage (brand) led-lites look like real wax candles and glow just as well.

"Delight-Living" at Home

As I go about routine jobs I have to remind myself to look for something else, something beyond it all, which gives more heart and meaning and enthusiasm for the tasks at hand. 

This, above, is particularly enjoyable: to see that blue sky with the  tree limbs outlined, as I pin up my laundry to get a good sun-starch! I am never fast enough to catch that bunny with the camera as he hops away with his big white fluffy tail up, like the white tailed deer.

I’m enjoying the dusty view from the front window of The Manse:

The scenery looks like a patina-treated painting.

And oh, I walked around Hob-Lob while Mr. S. did some errands in the city, and ...

they sure know how to tug at my emotions:

Old trucks are very sentimental here in the US and Canada and we keep them around just for memory sake!

I wanted to take all the truck paintings and metal truck wall decor home with me!

The paintings of the old trucks are better than chocolate, I tell ya! Some of these are printed on wood and boards--what a great idea that goes with the whole truck culture.

Want to know how to actually get an old truck?  Have a 16 year old son that buys his first truck that is already so worn out,  it won't last much longer. When it breaks down after a few years, there you have it, as a prop.

In the last few years, the big trend with young people was to have an OLD truck, not a new one. They wanted their grandpa's truck or something very old with a lot of dings and scratches on it.  I have lost count of the YOUNG men , teen aged and a little older, who have come to the door asking to buy that old truck in my back field, even though it doesn't work. They want an old one. Car companies take note!  I'm sure you can create old farm truck replicas.

 Just had to take a picture of this sign for Mr. S. because WD-40 and duct tape are his favorite tools.

It is rare to get a photo of the sun RISE because I'm usually getting dressed and cooking breakfast, but I did get one yesterday!

Finally, this at HL is a motto I tried to bring my children up with and practice it myself because I wanted them to look forward to how they could do well in life. We tried to build each other up, move forward, not label each other, not dwell on wounds, and spend time to develop our talents and skills.

Hoping to get another vid out soon!

Love you!


Sunday, August 11, 2019

Homemaker Support: Listen While You Do Something

A week has transpired since I last spoke to you on video. The video is not very long this time; only 26 minutes, but I hope you can still do something with that time to help your home function well.

We are having stormy weather, and I tried to relate the importance of using those dark days of  inclement weather for something good.

Today I broadcast from this truck, which I created into a vacation retreat. We are so busy, I don't see any chance of getting away very soon, so I made myself a little resort here. Some friends came over and had lunch with me there! It took me several days to clean the truck and get it set up. I put everything in from the sides, as the furniture is all lightweight and waterproof. 

It is a perfect getaway for rest and relaxation because there are no distractions.  

Below is a picture of the weather-proof settee and weather resistant cushions where I was located while I was speaking to you.

I very much value your comments so please be generous and leave a lot of them!

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

A Few Photos

Hello Ladies,

I have collected a few notes for the next homemakers support video and as soon as I have everything in order I hope to try out my new/old refurbished computer and record a talk.

In the meantime I am sharing a few photos from the home view.  It is harvest here and there is noise all day and all night with the beautiful farm machinery. It’s interesting to see what’s new each year and what the machines do.

Friday, July 26, 2019


Hello Ladies,

I have my re-furbished computer up and going and still need a few things ironed out (figure of speech: (fos). 

The videos were much easier than script so I may do a few more of them. Included will be household hints, family things, home values, and much more.

I will read my book aloud but put it on a separate play list.

Today will be spent getting some things straightened out here at The Manse and preparing for the busy weekend.  

I hope to see everyone here soon. Thank you for telling me what all you accomplished while listening to the homemaker support videos. That is what I want to know. I decided not to do a livestream because it requires people stop and look at the screen.

I plan to post a list of the Homemaker Support videos on the sidebar so you can see them easily.

For my next video to listen while sit or work, it would be very helpful if you would list in comments some questions and comments to discuss, similar to livestream. That way I can talk about it without it requiring you watching the screen if you are busy.


Friday, July 19, 2019

Homemaker Support: More Good Stuff for You

It Couldn’t Be Done

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done
      But he with a chuckle replied
That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one
      Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
      On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
      That couldn’t be done, and he did it!

Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;
      At least no one ever has done it;”
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat
      And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
      Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
      That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
      There are thousands to prophesy failure,
There are thousands to point out to you one by one,
      The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
      Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start in to sing as you tackle the thing
      That “cannot be done,” and you’ll do it.

Don't Quit
John Greenleaf Whittier

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,

When the funds are low and the debts are high,

And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,

When care is pressing you down a bit-

Rest if you must, but don't you quit.Life is queer with its twists and turns,

As every one of us sometimes learns,

And many a fellow turns about

When he might have won had he stuck it out.

Don't give up though the pace seems slow -

You may succeed with another blow.Often the goal is nearer than

It seems to a faint and faltering man;

Often the struggler has given up

Whe he might have captured the victor's cup;

And he learned too late when the night came down,

How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out -

The silver tint in the clouds of doubt,

And you never can tell how close you are,

It might be near when it seems afar;

So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit -

It's when things seem worst that you must not quit.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Homemaker Support: Attitude, Dress, House, & People

At The Cottage Door by William Henry Margetson

Hello Dear Ladies. Yes I hear you about the poor quality of the picture. I’m using a computer "from the olden times” and so my face will look strange with shadows and light and fuzziness in all the wrong places.

I considered deleting this video and trying again, however, if you were sitting across the table with me I couldn’t edit it anyway.  I designed this series to listen to while you work. So, please leave a comment stating all the things you accomplished while I was talking. Also please mention anything I said here that caught your attention. Tell me what all you  accomplished while I talked.

One correction: our Mutual Friend was written by Charles Dickens, not Elizabeth Gaskell. My apologies to Charles and Elizabeth.

Leave It At The Door
author: Edgar Guest

He wiped his shoes before his door,
But ere he entered he did more:

'Twas not enough to cleanse his feet
of dirt they'd gathered in the street;

He stood and dusted off his mind
And left all trace of care behind.

"In here I will not take," said he,
"The stains the day has brought to me.

"Beyond this door shall never go
The burdens that are mine to know;

The day is done, and here I leave
The petty things that vex and grieve;

What clings to me of hate and sin
To them I will not carry in;

Only the good shall go with me
For their devoted eyes to see.

"I will not burden them with cares,
Nor track the home with grim affairs;

I will not at my table sit
With soul unclean, and mind unfit;

Beyond this door I will not take
The outward signs of inward ache;

I will not take a dreary mind
Into this house for them to find."

He wiped his shoes before his door,
But paused to do a little more.

He dusted off the strains of strife,
The mud that's indecent to life,

The blemishes of careless thought,
The traces of the fight he'd fought,

The selfish humors and the mean,
And when he entered, he was clean.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Homemaker Support: Various Items

When you hear me say "Mary McFadden" please translate that to "Mary Quant". It was Mary Quant who invented the mini skirt. My apologies to  Mary McFadden.

Please leave comments!

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Homemaker Support: Adversity & The Happy Homemaker

Art: “The Tempest” by Waterhouse

Hello All,

The volume & picture is poor today; hope it is adequate at least for you to hear it.  

Today I talk of several topics so just hear it while you work.

Also I thought you might like this site which gives a 1950's housewife schedule:

With adversity comes a happy optimistic outlook, if you use it as a trigger. Hear this music & feel uplifted:


Life is easy, when you're up on the mountain

And you've got peace of mind, like you've never known
But things change, when you're down in the valley
Don't lose faith, for your never alone
For the God on the mountain, is still God in the valley

When things go wrong, he'll make them right
And the God of the good times, is still God in the bad times
The God of the day, is still God in the night
We talk of faith way up on the mountain

But talk comes easy, when life's at its best
Now its down in the valleys, trials and temptations
That's where your faith is really put to the test
For the God on the mountain, is still God in the valley,

When things go wrong, he'll make them right
And the God of the good times, is still God in the bad times
The God of the day, is still God in the night
The God of the day, is still God in the night

Saturday, July 13, 2019

For the Lord's Day

Historical Photos from Pinterest

It was hard to find old photos of people inside the church services as most of the church photos were outside.

We have acapella music at church so I always like to hear the parts with the male & female voices. It is some of the purest music; it  plucks the  strings of the voice: Prepare to tear up a little as you hear this:

(Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.)


  1. 1. Come, ye disconsolate, where'er ye languish;
    Come to the mercy seat, fervently kneel.
    Here bring your wounded hearts; here tell your anguish.
    Earth has no sorrow that heav'n cannot heal.
  2. 2. Joy of the desolate, Light of the straying,
    Hope of the penitent, fadeless and pure!
    Here speaks the Comforter, tenderly saying,
    "Earth has no sorrow that heav'n cannot cure."
  3. 3. Here see the Bread of Life; see waters flowing
    Forth from the throne of God, pure from above.
    Come to the feast of love; come, ever knowing
    Earth has no sorrow but heav'n can remove.
I thought I would show some ladies church clothes too, which from pinterest:

Friday, July 12, 2019

Homemaker Support: A Cheerful Heart

Hello Ladies,

This video discusses ideas for the home, as well as the homemaker's attitude, particularly those who hear pessimistic remarks.

This speech is created to hear while you  are occupied with various chores at home.

Here is the music I referred to:

Here are more verses.  I highlighted the words I quoted:

  1. My Jesus, as Thou wilt! Oh, may Thy will be mine!
    Into Thy hand of love I would my all resign;
    Through sorrow, or through joy, conduct me as Thine own,
    And help me still to say, “My Lord, Thy will be done.”
  2. My Jesus, as Thou wilt! If needy here and poor,
    Give me Thy people’s bread, their portion rich and sure;
    The manna of Thy Word Let my soul feed upon;
    And if all else should fail, my Lord, Thy will be done.
  3. My Jesus, as Thou wilt! Though seen through many a tear,
    Let not my star of hope grow dim or disappear;
    Since Thou on earth hast wept, and sorrowed oft alone,
    If I must weep with Thee, my Lord, Thy will be done.
  4. My Jesus, as Thou wilt! All shall be well for me;
    Each changing future scene I gladly trust with Thee:
    Straight to my home above I travel calmly on,
    And sing, in life or death, “My Lord, Thy will be done.”

Wet Wild from Dollar Tree:

face primer with  Vit. E.  

Dark Pink Frost


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